The National Education Association (NEA) recently wrote an article about a Greenwich education coach who works to coach teachers on promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the district.
The article stated that, "In Spring 2021, a group of far-right community members stirred up public outcry against COVID-19 protections and against teaching an honest and accurate education. They argued that the district must redact DEI lessons, which the district approved just months prior.”
A Freedom of Information Act Request was submitted to obtain copies of the DEI materials that were “approved just months prior" by the district, as claimed in the NEA's article.
The response we received on behalf of Superintendent Toni Jones said: The Board of Education does not approve lessons or classroom materials.
Of course, this seems a bit confusing in light of Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Sec. 10-220. Duties of Boards of Education Subsection (e) which states, “each local and regional board of education shall establish a school district curriculum committee. The committee shall recommend, develop, review and approve all curriculum for the local or regional school district.”
So how does curriculum get approved in Greenwich? Are they in compliance with the CSDE guidance?